March (Photo) Madness, Austin Style

Bucking and Blur #1, Rodeo Austin - Austin, Texas

Bucking and Blur #1, Rodeo Austin – Austin, Texas

March is a very busy time in Austin. Two big events coincide — luckily they happen in different parts of the city. Downtown, the big SXSW (South by Southwest) Music, Film and Interactive festival dominates and pulls people from around the world. Out to the east, at the Travis County Expo Center, Rodeo Austin caters to a different, more local crowd. Both events are great opportunities for photography. For my readers in the Austin area, I would encourage you explore these photo opportunities.

First up, on Monday March 11th, Trey Ratcliff is leading a large SXSW Photowalk. It will start at the Austin City Hall at 6:30pm. I will be there and so will a bunch of my friends. Trey Ratcliff is a famous internet photographer and has made a name for himself in HDR photography. He runs a very popular site called Stuck in Customs.

Beyond this photowalk, SXSW can be a very interesting place to shoot. With a lively crowd downtown, it is a fun place for some street photography. I did a blog post and shot these images last year.

Of course, the historic heart of SXSW is the music and the numerous venues around Austin that features live performances. Photography restrictions at these places will vary, though it seems like people will smaller “less professional” (ie. non-DSLRs) cameras tend to fly under the radar. I’ve shot at the annual Japan Nite for several years in a row. Last year, I was really impressed with the originality of Kao=S and I’m excited that they will be here again this year.

The Austin Rodeo is equally interesting. Whether you shoot long exposures of carnival rides or capture the festive environment of a county fair, the Rodeo and Carnival can be a great place for photography. I did a photo essay about the last year’s Rodeo and Rodeo Austin even featured some of my photos on their website. I planning to go again this year. Probably the week after SXSW ends.

SXSW
March 8th – March 17th 2013

Rodeo Austin
March 8th – March 23rd 2013

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